(HOW) DO WE (WANT TO) WORK (TOGETHER) (AS (SOCIALLY ENGAGED) DESIGNERS (STUDENTS AND NEIGHBORS)) (IN NEOLIBERAL TIMES)? edited by JESKO FEZER and STUDIO EXPERIMENTELLES DESIGN
150 x 210mm, 528 pages, black & white with full colour section, perfect bound, 2021
A critical discussion about work is urgently needed—in the field of design as much as anywhere else. Since 2011, Studio Experimentelles Design at the HFBK Hamburg has experimented with local design-assistance projects carried out within the framework of the St. Pauli Public Design Support initiative. The student-led program advocates a community based and cooperative approach, involving people who are usually only impacted by design or excluded from it. This partisan practice questions our understanding of what design can be, and who benefits or suffers from it. It also fundamentally questions how we work. Divided into two parts, this publication extends Studio Experimentelles Design’s socially committed approach through conversations, lectures, research, debates, and project documentation, drawing on the research festival as well as five years of work by Public Design Support. Both of these—an international debate on working conditions and a local design practice committed to its community—strive to critically examine design’s current practices. They ask questions of how designers work today, demanding a fundamental reorientation in the issues design addresses and the social actors it serves.
Contributions by Arts of the Working Class, Claudia Banz, Lisa Baumgarten, Steff Bentrup, Brave New Alps, Colin Crouch, Hans-Christian Dany, Designer + Cultural, Workers Union, Design Interns Club, Diedrich Diederichsen, Emma Dowling, Experimentelle Klasse, Silvia Federici, Silke Helfrich, IG Bildende Kunst, In the Meantime, Valentina Karga, Lucy Kimbell & Guy Julier, Silvio Lorusso, Madygraf, Angela McRobbie, Oli Mould, Nobody is an Island, Onomatopee (Amy Gowen & Joannette van der Veer), Mareile Pfannebecker & James A. Smith, Poliklinik Veddel, Florian A. Schmidt & Sebastian Schmieg, Stavros Stavrides, Studiengruppe Informationsdesign, Rosario Talevi, Pelin Tan, Vivien Tauchmann, Harald Trapp, Airi Triisberg, Velvetyne, Viome, Felix Vogel, Manuela Zechner.